My Car Doesn't Shift?
Could a system of gears be a sign of the past for the automatic transmission? CVT technology was a new concept a few years ago, but the technology has come a long way over the past decade.
CVT, it stands for Continuously Variable Transmission, and continuous it is. No gears; no shifting, in-fact the concept has been around for over 500 years.
A Timeline of CVT Innovation
- 1490 - da Vinci sketches a stepless continuously variable transmission
- 1886 - first toroidal CVT patent filed
- 1935 - Adiel Dodge receives U.S. patent for toroidal CVT
- 1939 - fully automatic transmission based on planetary gear system introduced
- 1958 - Daf (of The Netherlands) produces a CVT in a car
- 1989 - Subaru Justy GL is the first U.S.-sold production automobile to offer a CVT
- 2002 - Saturn Vue with a CVT debuts; first Saturn to offer CVT technology
- 2004 - Ford begins offering a CVT
- 2013 - Standard.
Here is a great video showing how CVT technology works.
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